Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Adagio Teas Golden Monkey

Photo: Adagio Teas
Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, very twisted with lots of golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: small clay teapot with built in strainer
Liquor: deep reddish brown

Golden Monkey is probably one of my favorite types of Chinese black tea. Its name comes from the vague resemblance of the leaves to a monkey's paw. This particular one from +Adagio Teas was comprised of rather long and twisted leaves with a ton of fuzzy, golden tips mixed throughout. The taste was rich and malty with major notes of cocoa. A sweet and spicy finish rounded out the flavor profile. Despite being so earthy, the mouth-feel was smooth and there was very little astringency. I really enjoy that the product page lists a breakdown of the per cup price for each package size. This one is somewhat spendy for Adagio but it is mid-range when compared with other retailers. $0.27 per cup still beats a glass of wine or cup of gourmet coffee any day. The steeping directions that came with this tea are for western style brewing but it would lend itself well to gongfu preparation as well. Although this tea is fairly full bodied, I strongly suggest foregoing milk or sugar. Adding anything to your cup could hide much of its nuances.

You can find out more about this tea here.